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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
A locally owned and run community newspaper (www.kaucalendar.com) distributed in print to all Ka`u District residents of Ocean View, Na`alehu, Pahala, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village and Miloli`i on the Big Island of Hawai`i. This blog is where you can catch up on what's happening daily with our news briefs. This blog is provided by The Ka`u Calendar Newspaper (kaucalendar.com), Pahala Plantation Cottages (pahalaplantationcottages.com), Local Productions, Inc. and the Edmund C. Olson Trust.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Kaʻū News Briefs, Saturday, July 6, 2019

Kaʻū women on horseback called Na Paniola Kaʻū, headed up Kīlauea Volcano to ride in the Volcano Fourth of 
July 4 Parade along Old Volcano Highway. See more below. Photo from Kehau Ke
A MEETING ON THE KEIKI OʻPALEHUA ʻOHANA program, which seeks to help the children of coffee farmers and coffee farm workers by providing childcare and education during work hours, will be held on Saturday July 13, 3 p.m., at the Kaʻū District Gym's Activity Center.
     Childcare organizer Laura Diaz said she invites all Kaʻū farmers to attend. She said childcare with educational activities will focus in part on the Marshallese community, which provides much labor for the coffee industry and is in need of childcare.
     A number of Kaʻū Coffee farmers predict that more farms would choose to employ Marshallese workers if imported labor from Latin America becomes scarce. The Marshallese are already living in the Kaʻū community. Their children go to school here and their earnings stay in this community. Some Kaʻū Coffee farmers already depend on the Marshallese community to harvest their coffee.
Marshallese families may soon have a place for their children while 
the parents work on Kaʻū Coffee farms. The location is an
educational setting at Pāhala Hongwanji.
Photo by Julia Neal
     A location for the program is under renovation at Pāhala Hongwanji. Diaz said discussion will include progress on the building; securing additional in-kind donations; assistance from the County Department of Research and Development; recruiting farm worker families to participate in the program; and insurance coverage.
     Also on the agenda are the time-table for launching and starting the program; planning the Grand Opening Celebration; and "how the community can help and why community cooperation is important," said Diaz. "Are we ready and willing to commit to this project? This program benefits all of us coffee growers in the Kaʻū area. We need your support, and to do that you have to make an effort and attend this meeting. Attendance counts for requesting additional federal funding and monetary donations."
     For more information, contact Diaz at 928-8188.

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Merle Becker of Aikane Plantation helps many young
paniolo with access to pasture, horses, and training.
Photo by Leilani Esperanza
NA PANIOLA O KAʻŪ represented the ranching life of the district in the Volcano Villlage Fourth of July Parade on Thursday. It was the first time, in at least recent history, that the paniola on horseback have entered the event. The ladies represented numerous cattle and horse operations in Kaʻū, just days before the rodeo in Nāʻālehu.
     Those who rode are Lori Lee Lorenzo, Kehau Ke, Kamalani Kahaulua Stacy, Denicia Derasin, Merle Becker, Kehaulani Ke, Elaine Togami, Kricia Derasin, and Mckella Akana.

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LEARNING ABOUT WATER LAW and how to advocate for water will be the subject of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiaries meeting at Pāhala Community Center on Wednesday, July 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
     Ka Huli Alo will provide a brief overview of Hawaiʻi legal framework governing water resource management. It will be followed by a discussion on "how homestead communities can advocate for pono, righteous, use and protection of wai, water," says an announcement of the meeting.
     The session is free and open to all DHHL beneficiaries. RSVP by Sunday, July 14 to Tereariʻi at 808-956-4025 or nhlawctr@hawaii.edu. Include community name in RSVP. Dinner and refreshments are provided for those who RSVP.

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HIGH SURF ADVISORY is in effect through Monday morning for all south and east-facing Hawaiʻi Island shores due to the approach of what's left of Hurricane Barbara. She passed into the Central Pacific today as a Tropical Depression. As of 11 a.m., she was about 1,050 miles east southeast of Kaʻū, moving west at 17 miles per hour with 40 mph winds.
Wāhine riders from Kaʻū in the Volcano Fourth of July Parade. Photo by Yvette Slack

     National Weather Service states the east swell and south southwest swell will likely elevate surf through Sunday. Waves are forecast at six to ten feet, building to eight to 12 feet by tonight for east-facing shores, five to eight feet for south-facing shores. NWS warns of strong longshore and rip currents, making swimming difficult and dangerous. Beach-goers, swimmers, and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution. Know your limits; when in doubt, do not go out.
     The third named storm of the hurricane season, Cosme, which formed in the same area as Barbara, is expected to dissipate into a Tropical Depression by mid-week, while still about 2,000 miles from Hawaiʻi.


Lori Lee Lorenzo, with the Kaʻū Banner.
Photo by Leilani Esperanza
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SHOTS WERE FIRED by a National Park Service law enforcement officer, in pursuit of a stolen vehicle on Friday, July 5 at approximately 1:30 p.m. The incident began in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's Kahuku Unit and continued outside the Park when the driver fled. 
     While attempting to stop the driver at Mānuka State Park, an altercation ensued and shots were fired by the NPS officer. The incident is under investigation by Hawai‘i County Police and the National Park Service. 
     Further inquiries should be directed to HPD.

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FORTY-SECOND ANNUAL BUCKLE JULY 4 RODEO continues tomorrow, Sunday, July 7, at the Kaʻū Roping & Riding Association arena in Nāʻālehu. Folks are invited to pray and praise at Cowboy Church before the show. Slack starts at 8 a.m., show starts at noon. Tickets at the gate for $8 per person.

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Paniola Kehau Ke from Kaʻū waves the flag on the Fourth.
Photo by Leilani Esperanza
KA LAE QUILTERS PLANS TO DONATE up to 50 quilts to the Hawaiʻi County Police Department for children in need who are encountered by police officers. Quilter Suzanne Brady said Kalae Quilters has donated more than 100 quilts in recent years. Representatives of the police department will receive the quilts this Thursday, July 11 at Discovery Harbour Community Center.

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ACTIVITIES AT KAHUKU for July include the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Annual Cultural Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features hula, music, and crafts.
     There is no Coffee Talk event this month.
     Ranger Orientation talks happen Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 10 a.m at the Visitor Contact Station.
     Guided Hikes happen Saturdays and Sundays, except July 13, at 9:30 a.m. at the VCS. Sunday, July 7 focuses on Hiʻiaka and Pele. Sunday, July 14 on ʻŌhiʻa  Lehua; Saturday, July 20 on Nature and Culture; Sunday, July 21 on Puʻu O Lokuana; Saturday, July 27 on the People and Land of Kahuku; and Sunday, July 28 on Palm Trail.
     There are no entrance fees at Kahuku and all programs are free of charge.

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ENERGY GRANTS AND REBATES for small businesses are the subjects of a meeting on Wednesday, August 14 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Hale Iako, #119, 73-970 Makako Bay Dr, Kona.
     Speakers from The Kohala Center, Hawaiʻi Energy, and USDA Rural Development will share information about grant, loan, and financial incentive programs available to help small businesses implement renewable energy systems and energy efficiency projects. The goal is to save the businesses money and contribute to a clean energy future for Hawaiʻi. Presented by The Kohala Center, in collaboration with Hawaiʻi Small Business Development Center with Hawaiʻi Energy and USDA Rural Development, with funding support from County of Hawaiʻi.
     The cost to attend is $20, and advanced registration is required. Contact Dayna Omori at 808-333-5000 or dayna.omori@hisbdc.org with questions. Register online.

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GRANT AWARD APPLICATIONS are open for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program. The cut-off date is Thursday, October 31, for grant awards totaling $20,000 or less. Eligible projects include renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. Eligible applicants include agricultural producers and rural small businesses. For more information about this opportunity, refer to the program factsheet or visit the REAP webpage. Contact Megan Blazak at mblazak@kohalacenter.org for assistance with an application.

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2019 Kaʻū High School Athletics Schedule through August
See khpes.org/athletics-home for details and updates; Bowling TBA.

Football, Division II:
Mon., July 15, first day Conditioning, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Mon., July 22, first day Full Pads, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 24, 1 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kamehameha

Girls Volleyball, Kaʻū District Gym:
Mon., July 29, 3 to 5 p.m., first day practice
Tue., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Hilo
Fri., Aug. 23, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts St. Joseph
Wed., Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Kaʻū hosts Kohala

Cross Country:
Mon., Aug. 5, 2:30 to 4 p.m., first day practice
Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., @Christian Liberty

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UPCOMING
SUNDAY, JULY 7
Postcards from the Edge - Painting Workshop with Artist-in-Residence Alice Leese, Sunday, July 7, 10a.m.-noon, edge of Kīlauea, behind Volcano House. Meet and paint with Leese. Limited to 12 people. Attendees receive a postcard-sized blank canvas but must bring their own paints and a small travel easel. $75/person includes lunch at Volcano House. Register, fhvnp.org/events/postcards-from-the-edge-painting-workshop-with-artist-in-residence-alice-leese. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

Sunday Clay - High Fire! with Erik Wold, July 7 to Sept. 1, morning session 11:30a.m.-2:30p.m., or afternoon session 2:45-5:45p.m., Volcano Art Center. No class Aug. 25. Eight wheel-thrower and three hand builder slots per session. $180/VAC member, $200/non-member, plus $15 materials fee, per 8-week session. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

Ham Radio Potluck Picnic, Sunday, July 7 – 1st Sunday, monthly – noon-2p.m., Manukā State Park. Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is welcome to attend. View sites.google.com/site/southpointarc or sites.google.
com/viewith southhawaiiares/home. Rick Ward, 938-3058

MONDAY, JULY 8
Head Coaches Wanted for Ka‘ū High School, 2019-2020: Coed Judo, Coed Swimming, and Boys Basketball. Applications due Monday, July 8 - pick up at school office weekdays, 8a.m.-4p.m. Must pass criminal background check. Athletic Director Kalei Namohala, 313-4161

Ka‘ū Homeschool Co–op Group, Monday, July 8, 1p.m., contact for location. Parent-led homeschool activity and social group, building community in Ka‘ū. Laura Roberts, 406-249-3351

Hawai‘i County Council Mtgs., Monday, July 8 (Committees), Tuesday, July 9 (Council), Hilo. Ka‘ū residents can participate via videoconferencing at Nā‘ālehu State Office Building. Agendas at hawaiicounty.gov.

Couples Dinner, Monday-Friday, July 8-12, 4:30-6p.m., Ocean View Community Center. Followed by Couples Engagement, 6-8p.m. Hosted by Ocean View Baptist Church. Open to the public.

TUESDAY, JULY 9
Flameworking - An Introductory Class with Nash Adams-Pruitt, Tuesday, July 9, 5-8p.m., Volcano Art Center. $75/VAC member, $80/non-member, plus $40 supply fee. Class size limited. Register early. Advanced registration required. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

After Dark in the Park - New Insights from Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 Lower East Rift Zone Eruption, Tuesday, July 9, 7p.m., Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. USGS HVO geologist Matt Patrick describes expected and unexpected aspects of the eruption and how the activity might be used to improve his and other scientists' ability to forecast future hazards on Kīlauea. Free; park entrance fees apply. 985-6011, nps.gov/havo

WEDNESDAY, JULY  10
Kui Kalo Demonstration, Wednesday, July 10, 10a.m.-noon, Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai. Ranger Keoni Kaholo‘a‘ā shares knowledge of kalo and making poi. Free; park entrance fees apply. nps.gov/havo

THURSDAY, JULY 11
Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka‘ū, Thursday, July 11, 6:30p.m., United Methodist Church, Nā‘ālehu. Pres. Berkley Yoshida, 747-0197

Laysan Albatross (Mōlī) and Other Native Seabirds: Their Significance in Hawaiian Culture, Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8p.m., Volcano Art Center. Short documentary showing, book signing, and presentation by Kumu Sabra Kauka and Hob Osterlund, award-winning writer, photographer, and conservationist. Free; $5 donation to VAC suggested. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.org

FRIDAY, JULY 12
Hawai‘i Disability Legal Services, Friday, July 12, 9a.m.-noon, Ocean View Community Center. Free disability legal services provided by Hawai‘i Legal Aid. 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Community Dance, Friday, July 12, 7-10p.m., Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Minors allowed with supervision only. Alcohol-free event. Variety of music. Snacks provided; additional pūpū welcome. Free. 967-7800, thecoopercenter.org

SATURDAY, JULY  13
Kīlauea Drama & Entertainment Network's Summer Musical: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, July 12-28, Kīlauea Military Camp's Kīlauea Theater. Tickets available at Kīlauea General Store, Kea‘au Natural Foods, Basically Books, The Most Irresistible Shop and at door. $20/general admission, $15/student or over 60, $12/age 12 and under. Park entrance fees may apply. 982-7344, kden73@aol.com, kden.org

Pancake Breakfast and Raffle, Saturday, July 13, 8-11a.m., Ocean View Community Center. To volunteer, call 939-7033, ovcahi.org

Nā Mamo o Kāwā ʻOhana Work Day, Saturday, July 13, meet 9:30a.m., Northern Gate, Kāwā. RSVP to James Akau, jakau@nmok.org, 561-9111. Bring a water bottle, lunch, closed toed shoes, long sleeved t-shirt, and pants. Tools, gloves, water, and light refreshments provided. nmok.orgfacebook.com/NMOK.Hawaii

Writing from the Heart with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Saturday, July 13, 9:30a.m.-4p.m., Volcano Art Center. $65/VAC member, $75/non-member. 967-8222, volcanoartcenter.orgfrances
kaihwawang.com

38th Annual Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival at Kahuku Unit, Saturday, July 13, 10a.m.-3p.m. Free. Live music, hula, and hands-on Hawaiian cultural activities and demonstrations. Food available for purchase. Visitors welcome to bring picnic lunch. nps.gov/havo

Soul Town Band performance, Saturday, July 13, 7-10p.m., Kīlauea Military Theater. $5 cover charge. Open to all authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park entrance fees apply. kilaueamilitarycamp.com

ONGOING
Seamless Summer Program, open to all people under age 18, no registration required, offers free breakfast at Nāʻālehu Elementary and Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School cafeterias. Meals are available weekdays through Friday, July 12. Kaʻū High serves breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call (808) 939-2413 for Nāʻālehu Elementary mealtimes.

Head Coaches for Coed Judo, Coed Swimming, and Boys Basketball are wanted by Kaʻū High School for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications, due Monday, July 8, can be picked up at the school office weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coaches hired by Hawaiʻi Department of Education are required to pass a criminal background check. Contact Kaʻū High Athletic Director Kalei Namohala 313-4161 with questions.

Experience Volcano Festival is still looking for vendors. Booths for the event are $25 per day for Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, July 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is coordinated with the new ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 5K, and Keiki Dash on the 27th. Apply at experiencevolcano.com/vendor-application.
     Experience Volcano is a group of businesses and residents helping to rebuild the economy of Volcano, following last year's volcanic disaster that shut down Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and drastically reduced the visitor county which is now recovering.

ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Half Marathon, 5K, and Keiki Dash happens Saturday, July 27 in Volcano Village, It replaces the Volcano Rain Forest Runs. Register at ohialehuahalf.com.

Exhibit -The Joy of the Brush: Paintings by Linda J. Varez, daily through Sunday, Aug. 4, 9a.m.-5p.m., Volcano Art Center Gallery. Free; park entrance fees may apply. 967-7565, volcanoartcenter.org

6th Annual Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run Registration, webscorer.com/register?raceid=166020. 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon races through mac nut and coffee fields along slopes of Ka‘ū starting at 7a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill. Sponsored by Ka‘ū Coffee Mill and ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Prices increase after July 9. okaukakou.orgkaucoffeemill.com

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